Thorney Close Primary School

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 Sycamore - year 1

Welcome to the class page for Year 1 Sycamore.  

This class page will be updated throughout the school year with pictures, news, curriculum information and external links to useful documents and activities.  

We hope it gives you an insight into life in our class! 




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Sycamore Class News

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on in our class.  Whole school news can be found by clicking on the below links.

School News   Diary Listing  Thorney Times   Notices

24th April  2018
Tooth Fairy
Sycamore class have had a special visit this week from the tooth fairy.  She was captured on camera flying around our classroom spreading her fairy dust! She left us a letter so we wrote  replies asking her questions to find out all about  tooth fairies and fairyland.  We can’t wait to see if she writes back


 16th April  2018
Grace Darling Homework
Grace has been working hard completing her creative homework. Her model showing Grace Darling’s famous sea rescue is fantastic. We are so proud of Grace and the effort she has put in at home to create a masterpiece! Well done Grace!

16th April  2018
Phonics Meeting
You may or may not be aware that the government have introduced a reading test for children in Year 1. This screening is to assess your child’s understanding of phonics (sounds). All children in Year 1 will be tested as well as the children in Year 2 who did not pass the screening last year.

What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught to:
 * Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
 * Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as sh or ay
 * Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonic knowledge. It helps the school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check will take place during the week commencing Monday 11th June 2018 – please try and avoid any absences in this week.

The phonics screening check will consist of 40 words – some of the words they may have read before and some will be completely new to them. The words will also include ‘non-words’ these are nonsense words where your child will have to use their phonic knowledge to sound these out.

As the phonics check is approaching we would like to invite you to an informal meeting where further information about the check will be discussed and examples of the types of words will be given.  The meeting will be held on: Monday 30th April 2018 at 2:45pm.

20th March 2018
Grace Darling
Sycamore class have been finding out about Grace Darling and how she became famous.  We enjoyed using role play to retell what happened the night Grace became recognised for her bravery.  We added our own sound effects by making the sounds of the wind and the waves crashing to show what a wild, stormy night it was!

5th March 2018
Gingerbread Men
Sycamore class have been reading The Gingerbread Man story.  They enjoyed decorating their own gingerbread men but were shocked to discover they had disappeared! Mrs Jenner was also shocked to discover the cameras had recorded the gingerbread men running out of the classroom!  The children discussed what could have happened and decided perhaps the sly fox had taken them or frightened them away!  They wrote fantastic letters to the fox asking him to return their gingerbread men and also made wanted posters.  We hope they come back soon!

2nd February 2018
End of Day Collection Arrangements
We have noticed that at the end of the school day the bottom playground is busy and gets quite congested around the exit gates.  Therefore, with immediate effect, we will be changing the end of the day collection arrangements to alleviate some of this congestion and to ensure all children are collected safely.

As of Monday 26th February 2018, Sycamore Class (Year 1 Mrs Verity) will be dismissed from the Nursery exit at 3:15pm. Children will stay in the Nursery cloakroom and will be individually handed over to each parent/carer.

2nd February 2018
Wild Rumpus
Sycamore class have enjoyed reading the story Where the Wild Things are. We enjoyed having a Wild Rumpus like the characters in the story. We had great fun pretending to swing through the vines and stomp through the jungle. We enjoyed playing different team games.

Follow Max
– Max was the leader and we copied his movements. When he shouted Be Still we had to freeze!

Wild Things stuck in the mud
– Four Wild things had to catch the other Wild Things. When we were caught we had to stand with our arms out. Our Wild Things friends had to run under our arms and roar to release us from the mud!

Wild Hoops -
we stomped through the jungle when the music stopped we had to find a hoop with another Wild Thing. The hoops were removed to find the winner – King of the Wild Things!

We had great fun making tasty Wild Thing faces for our Wild Rumpus snack. We used different foods to create a Wild Things face before eating it up!

3rd November 2017
We enjoy singing songs to help us to remember our number bonds to 10. Follow these links at home to practise.



22nd September 2017
Well done to Michelle and Alfie who have completed their half term fruit homework. Michelle made fantastic fruit kebabs and Alfie made a tasty fruit smoothie! Well done!

9th September 2017
We have had a fantastic first week in Year1 Sycamore. We have enjoyed working in teams and thinking of our team names. We have won a lot of points this week in our teams for working so hard. In English we have enjoyed reading the story Alone in the Woods. We have used super adjectives to describe the setting and Teddy’s feelings when he became lost.

In Maths we have enjoyed counting on and back. We had a lot of fun keeping fit counting to 100!  If you want to try this counting song at home then please click here.

Sycamore Class Letters

 Below you will find letters that have been distributed to our class. All downloadable material will be offered in PDF format for easy reading and printing. However, if you do not have access to a printer and require an additional letter then please do not hesitate to request a copy at the main school office. Whole school letters can be found by clicking on the below links.

Thorney Times Whole School Letters Educational Visit Letters

Summer Term Homework

Year 1 Phonics Meeting

End of School Day Collection Arrangements Letter

Beamish visit letter

Autumn Term 2 Homework

Fruit Salad Letter

Autumn Term 1 Homework 

Soft Toy Letter - 22.9.17


Click on the curriculum icon below to view the curriculum topics for the current school year. 


Year 1 and Year 2 Spelling List

Year 1 Writing Checklist


At Thorney Close Primary School, we value the support of parents in enabling their children to become fluent readers, who read for pleasure and enjoyment. Please click on the guidelines below for an overview on how you can support your child at home to ensure they make the maximum progress.

Reception and Key Stage 1 Reading Guidelines

Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 11th June 2018.

In June every child in Year 1 is assessed for their phonetic knowledge. The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (nonsense words, pseudo words or alien words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words are presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!)


Thorney Close Primary School Calculation Policy

Useful Links and Documents

Below you will find links to useful documents, resources, online games and activities.



Oxford Phonics Check Support Maths for Year 1 English for Year 1

Letter-join  Letter-join is an on-line resource for teaching cursive handwriting at school and at home. It uses interactive animations to demonstrate joined-up letter formation and hundreds of worksheets for real handwriting practice.